Bowden Commits for 2008 Class

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Even though Shamarr Bowden will not arrive at Virginia Tech until 2008, that doesn’t mean head coach Seth Greenberg was any less excited about Bowden’s verbal commitment to the Hokies this past weekend. A 6-3, 160-pound shooting guard prospect, Bowden is the first player to commit to Tech for the 2008 class.

“Coach Greenberg said he was glad to have me as part of the Hokie family,” said Bowden, who committed while on an unofficial visit to Tech this past Saturday. “I know coach Greenberg and really all of the Tech coaching staff real well. I like the coaching staff a lot.”

Comfort level with Tech’s program was a big factor for Bowden, who chose the Hokies over an offer from William & Mary and interest from Clemson, Wake Forest, Elon, VCU, Xavier, Appalachian State and UNC-Wilmington.

“Virginia Tech was the first school to really recruit me hard,” Bowden said. “I’ve visited there a lot of times and I’ve been for football games and things like that. I’m used to the school and I felt really comfortable with everything there.”

Currently a junior at Grimsley High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, Bowden will head to The Miller School in Charlottesville (VA) next year to repeat his junior year and then go through his senior year.

A shooting guard on Grimsley’s varsity basketball squad, the 2006 4-A conference all-metro selection averaged 19.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game this season. He shot 88% from the free throw line and was a 37% shooter from beyond the arc in his junior season, making 75 3-point field goals in total.

“I’d say I’m more of a shooter,” Bowden said of his game. “I can create my own shot, too. The main thing I want to work on is my strength. I want to improve the strength in my upper body. I think going to the Miller School will help prepare me for the next level.”

Bowden will play AAU basketball this spring and summer. He will play for the NC Gaters.